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The Amwell Nature Reserve

Great Amwell Village, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 9SS

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  • Services / facilities within the grounds include hides and areas to view the lakes, wooded areas and long grassed areas.
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    • Amwell Nature Reserve is a former gravel pit in the Lee Valley near Ware. It supports internationally important numbers of wintering wildfowl, along with outstanding communities of breeding birds and of dragonflies and damselflies. All nineteen species of dragonfly and damselfly resident in Hertfordshire have been recorded, making this the county's best site for dragonflies. These include hairy dragonfly, red-eyed damselfly and southern hawker.
    • The dragonfly trail is open from May to September and gives you the chance to view dragonflies close up, hunting over open water.


  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is St Margarets.

Opening Times

  • The venue is open 24hrs.


  • The venue does not have its own car park.

Amwell Lane Entrance

  • There is a lane leading off of Amwell Lane up to a train crossing point.
  • The lane is mud track that is very uneven.
  • At the crossing point, there are gates at each side which both open towards you.
  • Both gates are heavy and have a width of 100cm.
  • This train track is uneven due to the tracks running through it.

Outside Access (Widbury Hill Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located off of Widbury Hill.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.

Nature Reserve

  • The reserve has a variety of footpaths leading throughout the area.
  • The surface of the footpaths vary between concrete, gravel, mud and loose chippings.
  • The majority of the footpaths have a minimum width of 75cm.
  • There are some easy gradients throughout the nature reserve.
  • There are also some benches along the side of the footpaths.
  • Please CLICK HERE (opens in new tab) to be directed to a map of the main viewpoint, where there are panoramic views across the reserve and a couple of benches.


  • There are 2 hides located on either side of the lake within the nature reserve.
  • One is called the James Hide and the other is the White Hide.
  • Both of the hides have doors that open away from you, are light and have a width of 84cm.
  • These hides are used for nature watchers to get close to some of the local wildlife.
  • The windows are placed at a height of 100cm.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are not available.

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